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How Education Should be Student Centric

09 Dec 17

Education minister on Thursday said that-Education should be student centric, not teacher centric.

He believes that school libraries should be equipped with books and study material not just accessible to students but also for teachers so that they do not face any problems in clearing doubts of a child. He has a strong belief that the government should work against putting an end to the marginalization of in education. Other than this, he has also proposed setting up talent labs to nurture the talent of each and every child. He says that educating them about the academic syllabus is not enough; instead it is also important that he inculcates other habits too like reading and writing.

Actor/Filmmaker Joy Mathew says that a child should not be categorized as abled or disabled on the basis of their exam performance. Education should be about nurturing talent and not marks or grades.

By- Srishti Anand

Content: www.thehindu.com


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Pollution Levels Enhanced In Chennai Due to Bhogi Bonfires

18 Jan 18

Bhogi is the first day of the four-day Pongal festival. According to the Gregorian calendar it is normally celebrated on 13 January but sometimes on 14 January.

It is a grand festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. As part of the festival, people discard old and derelict things and welcome new things. This leads to change and transformation. People get dressed in beautiful costumes at dawn and lit a bonfire with logs of wood and wooden furniture at home that are no longer useful. It acts like cigarettes to the earth. This year also Bhogi was celebrated with great enthusiasm. Consequently, people woke up to smog that leads to choking. People also had to face delay in flight services in and out of Chennai. About 10 flights were diverted from the Chennai airport to Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Bengaluru, leading to no flights after 3:30 AM. The poor visibility caused an accident on the Chennai-Tambaram bypass road with two cars crashing into a container lorry. The air quality was found to be 3-4 times above the standards prescribed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. As a result, the elderly people, pregnant and the ones with respiratory diseases were advised to avoid outdoor activity. Additionally, the government also launched regular awareness campaigns ahead of Bhogi. It is important for the society to realize that Pongal is a festival of health and happiness, but unfortunately, the present day’s air quality levels, on the onset of festivities, contradicts the same.

By: Anuja Arora


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Painful Headaches: 9 Natural Remedies to Kill the Pain

17 Jan 18

Daily stress, insufficient sleep and redundant life can sometimes lead to headaches. And those headaches can make your everyday life a challenge to deal with. Having drugs isn't always the safest option! Here are 9 home remedies that can treat those headaches in a jiffy:

  1. ACV to the Rescue: Pour 3 cups of boiling water in ¼ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and inhale the steam coming out. It would definitely ease out your headache.
  2. Crush it with Cayenne: Capsaicin found in cayenne is useful to treat migraines too. So, it will sure come as a rescue for your mild headaches.
  3. Some more Ginger, Please!: Just have some ginger tea in the mornings or anytime you feel like having one. It would definitely help in easing up the pain.
  4. Stretch with some Yoga: Yoga is known to promote relaxation by stretching out the muscles and promoting stress relief. It is a definite buster for your stress headaches.
  5. Naps are solution to everything!: It has been proven by different studies that naps promote better health, increases productivity and also eases up stress headaches.  
  6. Just Breathe: Breathing exercises can help in getting in more oxygen to your blood that will promote circulation and hence, relax your mind and body.
  7. Mindful Meditation: Mindfulness is associated with an increase in happiness and lowering stress and there is no harm in giving it a try.
  8. Oil it up: Oils such as eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and lavender oil can help with headaches as they help in relaxing the nerves.
  9. Go Nuts: Nuts particularly almonds can help in reducing headaches due to presence of a compound called salicin in it which calms your mind.

By: Neha Maheshwari

Content: https://food.ndtv.com/health/10-natural-home-remedies-for-headaches-that-actually-work-1215616

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Check out the Reason behind Stress of Niti Aayog’s VC

16 Jan 18

India is a country of mixed economy, which enabled the development of the private sector. India is going towards urbanization at a faster rate.

The contribution of the agricultural sector started to decline and the percentage contribution from secondary sector to the GDP of India increased after independence. At the time when Government is trying hard to achieve the goal of urbanization, Niti Aayog’s Vice Chairman, Rajiv Kumar stated today that India should not copy foreign models like that of China for urbanization. He also stressed that India needs to create growth hubs across the country and promote the employment and entrepreneurship. He also said that our country should use fewer resources per unit of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), whether it is materials or environment and must not waste them blindly. Inequitable or unbalanced urbanization does not suit to India. He stressed to the need of revive the old tradition of having strong mayors in cities and build units more powerful. We also need to create growth hubs across the country and also make cities the center of knowledge. He stressed that rather than copying and pasting the urbanization model of other countries India should develop its own that suits to its economy, population and tradition.  He also said that there is a need to create growth hubs all over the country. The making of cities the center of knowledge will make our cities generators of opportunities.

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/india-should-not-copy-china-for-urbanisation-niti-aayog-vc/articleshow/62457746.cms



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New Theory behind the Formation of the Solar System

15 Jan 18

The birth story of the solar system has been a mystery for the scientists since times immemorial. The scientists at the University of Chicago have put forward a new theory for how the solar system could have formed in the wind-blown bubbles around a giant, long-dead star. 

The study also tackles the persistent cosmic mystery about the abundance of two elements in the solar system as compared to the rest of the galaxy. According to the general theory, the solar system originated billions of years ago near a supernova. As the new theory suggests, there is giant type of star that exists, known as Wolf-Rayet star. It is 40 to 50 times the size of the sun. It produces tons of elements which flung off the surface in an intense stellar wind. A bubble structure with a dense shell is created when the stellar wind blows through the material that was around the Wolf-Rayet star. This happens when the Wolf-Rayet star sheds its mass. As per the scientists, 1 to 16 percent of all sun-like stars could be formed in such stellar nurseries. This setup is different from that of the supernova hypothesis so as to make sense of two isotopes namely, aluminium-26 and iron- 60. These exist in strange proportions in the early solar system, in comparison to the rest of the galaxy. The concept is that aluminum-26 that flung from the Wolf-Rayet star is carried outwards on grains of dust gathered around the star. These grains punch through one side of the shell, and mostly get destroyed. This causes the trapping of the aluminium inside the shell. Consequently, a part of the shell collapses inward due to gravity, as a result forming the solar system.

By: Anuja Arora

Content: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171223134850.htm


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Bollywood's First Stunt Woman - Fearless Nadia

14 Jan 18

Mary Ann Evans was born in 1908 in Perth, Australia. She was described as 'Fearless' by many and thus was also known by her second name Fearless Nadia. The original Bollywood stunt woman would have been 110 today. Evans learned stunts as a circus performer in Peshawar and then, joined a touring dance troupe in Bombay, which eventually led her way to Bollywood. Her debut role in Bollywood was in the movie Hunterwali that was released in 1935. Her stunts did not stop there and she continued swinging on chandeliers, taming lions and even leaping from speeding trains in her series of movies.

Her life is loosely portrayed by Kangana Ranaut in the movie Rangoon. Nadia always stood out in the roles she performed and often portrayed the women fighting injustice. Dorothee Wenner referred her as a 'radical feminist actress' in her book Fearless Nadia: The True Story of Bollywood's stunt queen. A theme that was quite popular by the end of British era. She became India's first world renowned actress after her names reached to countries such as Italy, Greece and France. It made her widely popular in different parts of the world. In 1993, Fearless: The Hunterwali Story was released which was a documentary film on her life and career and was produced by her great grandnephew.

By: Neha Maheshwari

Content: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fearless_Nadia

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